TeachCycle Mindset – Learning is Social
Welcome back to the Master Teacher blog series, a collection of posts written by Master Teachers and organized around the key mindsets of TeachCycle, BetterLesson’s innovative professional development offering.
So far, we’ve learned how Master Teachers make their teaching “All About the Kids,” how they “Measure Progress” in their classrooms, how they “Fail Forward” by taking risks and learning from the results, and how they “Reflect Honestly” by pushing themselves to be questioning, self-reflective, practitioners.
This week, we move into the fifth and final key mindset of TeachCycle: Learning is Social
The TeachCycle process is all about learning what works for your students as quickly as possible so that your improvement as a teacher is purposeful and driven by your students’ needs in the moment. TeachCycle teachers identify a particular area of student growth then try strategies targeted to address a specific teaching challenge. Teachers measure the effectiveness of each strategy immediately then iterate on the strategy quickly, learning what worked and what didn’t, always working toward their goal of student achievement.
Collaboration with fellow teachers either remotely through the online workflow tool or in face-to-face team meetings is a powerful component of the TeachCycle process. Collaboration allows a teacher’s individual learning to be shared by colleagues, thereby accelerating the learning process for all. The other key mindsets of TeachCycle, All About the Kids, Measure Progress, Fail Forward, and Reflect Honestly all culminate in the social learning that takes place through collaboration.
The upcoming series of three blogs highlight some ways that you can make learning social in your own school, by creating opportunities to share and learn with your colleagues. From Regan Aymett we’ll hear tips for running collaborative meetings, Veronique Paquette shares the benefits of collaborating with a coach, and Cassandra Joss reflects on her experience as a teacher leader, working collaboratively with other teachers.